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Stadler wins IronmanKAILUA-KONA, Hawaii » Normann Stadler of Germany seized the lead in the bike ride and held on in the marathon for a 10-minute margin of victory yesterday at the Ironman Triathlon World Championship.
Stadler, a 33-year-old professional triathlete, won the grueling race in 8 hours, 33 minutes, 29 seconds.
He took the lead at about the 30-mile mark of the 112-mile bicycle ride, passing countryman Jan Sibbersen, a 29-year-old former Olympic swimmer who led after the 2.4-mile ocean swim.
Stadler took command of the race and was never challenged. Last year, he led after the bicycle ride but faded in the run and finished fourth.
"I was told before the race that a cyclist can't win in Hawaii, but I won," said Stadler, who joins 1997 champion Thomas Hellreigel as the only Germans to win the event. "It's my biggest dream come true."
Fellow German Nina Kraft won the woman's race with a time of 9:33:35.
Wie goes lowest at SamsungPALM DESERT, Calif. » Grace Park salvaged a bogey 5 on the 18th hole to finish a roller-coaster round that left her three shots in front of Annika Sorenstam and Cristie Kerr at the Samsung World Championship.
"I'm not showing it, but I'm extremely frustrated," Park said. "But I'm sure there are a lot of frustrated golfers here.
"Conditions were good, but I stalled and I'm just lucky everybody else stalled."
Michelle Wie turned in a 67 for the best round of the day -- and seven strokes better than her first day.
"I think I deserved one of those," Wie said of one long putt that dropped. "On one putt today, it seemed like there was an invisible glass over the hole, and the ball just somehow rolled right over it.
"I want to finish in the top 10 now, which would take a very low score."
The 5-under round moved Wie, in the event on a sponsor's exemption, from 19th to 15th going into the final 18 holes in the 20-player event.
BYUH tennis notches 2 more winsBrigham Young-Hawaii's Jing Jing Liu claimed the women's singles championship for NCAA Division II at the ITA National Small College Championships yesterday in Ft. Myers, Fla.
Liu, the top seed in the division, defeated Victoria Weltz of Lynn, 6-4, 6-2. She then advanced to the "Super Bowl" of small college tennis, which pits champions of NCAA Division II, III, NAIA, and NJCAA. Liu withdrew on triple match-point, leading 6-3, 5-4, allowing Lindsay Hagerman of NCAA III Washington to advance to the final.
With the finals being played today, Liu retired because BYUH does not compete on Sundays.
Liu and Adrienne Hegedus, who won the NCAA II doubles title on Friday, also retired after reaching match point against Liz Bondi and Elizabeth Steel of NCAA III DePauw. Liu and Hegedus were leading the match, 6-4, 5-2.
Dorian Porada won his match against Peter Veslosky of Dowling in the consolation round of the men's tournament, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5, finishing in seventh place.
Rainbows claim cross country titleSabrina Reeve finished in second place to lead the University of Hawaii women's cross country team to a win at the UH Coed-Sprint Invitational yesterday at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course.
Brigham Young-Hawaii's Chelsea Smith finished the 4-kilometer race in 14 minutes, 24 seconds. Reeve recorded a time of 14:34, and was followed by four teammates as Hawaii finished in the No. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 spots.
BYUH won the 5-kilometer men's race behind senior Jacob Rushton, who won in a time of 16:17.
Sea Warriors sweep YellowjacketsFlavia Brakling had 14 kills and Nadica Karleusa added 12 as the Hawaii Pacific women's volleyball team defeated Montana State-Billings 30-25, 30-23, 30-21 in Billings, Mont., last night.
Former Kahuku graduate Alberta Letoa had 21 digs for MSUB. HPU improved to 13-2 while MSUB dropped to 10-8.
Seasiders win 2 in water poloVanja Kalabic scored five goals and Blake Nuttall had three as the No. 13 BYU-Hawaii men's water polo team routed Chaminade 21-6 last night in Honolulu.
Milos Matijevic scored four goals for the Silverswords (2-11).
BYUH (10-2) later defeated the Hawaiian Masters 8-6 in an exhibition match.
Vaioleti, UH coaches to speak at Quarterback ClubHawaii football color analyst Doug Vaioleti will join UH coaches Cal Lee and Wes Suan in tomorrow's meeting of the Honolulu Quarterback Club.
Lee coaches Hawaii's linebackers and Suan is in charge of the running backs. Vaioleti teams with Jim Leahey during KFVE's broadcasts of home football games.
Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Pagoda restaurant with the program to follow at noon.
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